Update on Mandate Debt Repayment
There’s good news for counties awaiting the mandate repayment provided in the 2018-19 State Budget. According to the State Controllers’ Office, program payments were mailed on Friday, July 27. This does not include interest, which will be mailed separately. No specific time frame was given for the interest payments, just before the statutory deadline of November 1, 2018.
The payments capture the cost of counties’ providing “AB 3632” services for seriously emotionally disturbed children (before the mandate was transferred to schools in 2012). Overall, the State Controller is expecting to remit $280 million to counties for these previously rendered services.